Cazenovia Public Library news

Junior Book Club to discuss ‘The Wild Robot’ today at 3:30 p.m.

The Wild and Wonderful Readers junior book club will hold its next meeting at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, 2019, in the Cazenovia Public Library Story Garden Room. The session will combine book discussion, games, and hands-on creative activities. The group will discuss The Wild Robot (2016) by award-winning author and illustrator Peter Brown.

The novel tells the story of the robot Roz, who finds herself alone on a remote, wild island. She does not know how she got there or what her purpose is, but she knows she must survive. Her only hope is to adapt to her surroundings and learn from the island’s hostile animal inhabitants.

The junior book club is open to children ages 9-12. Books are available at the circulation desk. All events at the Cazenovia Public Library are free and open to the public.

For more information, call 315.655.9322 or visit

Rock and roll concert April 5, 2019

The Cazenovia Public Library will present a special concert by Gary Frenay and Arty Lenin at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 5, in the Community Room.

Over the course of their 40-year musical partnership, the pair has been known by several names: the Flashcubes (new wave/rock and roll), Screen Test (dance-pop), the Neverly Brothers Band (oldies rock) and The FabCats (formerly the Fab Five). Frenay and Lenin were inducted into the Syracuse Area Music Hall of Fame as individuals in 2006 and as a band in 2012. They have also been honored with the SAMMY Awards for Best Acoustic Act, Best Singer/Songwriter (Gary, twice), Best Rock Instrumentalist (Arty) and Best Rock Album (The Flashcubes). The pair’s musical repertoire includes more than 1,500 songs spanning a variety of styles. Their combination of experience and spontaneity allows them to create a unique musical performance for any audience of any age. The April 5 performance will feature songs from 1969.

LEGO building session for kids April 8

The Cazenovia Public Library invites children ages 5 and older to the Community Room at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, April 8, to channel their inner architects and get building! Museum educator Pat Hill will lead “LEGO My Library,” a fun, hands-on program for young builders. Participants will have access to the Library’s vast collection of LEGO construction toys. The program will feature a “zoo building” challenge and time for creative construction.

The Library is a place of imagination and discovery. Programs like “LEGO My Library” allow children to socialize, be creative, and see their imaginings come to life. Construction toys offer significant educational benefits to children of all ages. Not only is hands-on play fun and exciting, but it also helps to develop motor and spatial skills, ingenuity, critical thinking, social and language proficiencies and more!

Great Minds Lecture: “Peter Singer and Ethics Today” April 9

Cazenovia College is pleased to announce the continuation of its Faculty Library Lecture Series: Great Minds/Great Ideas, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, in the Cazenovia Public Library Community Room. This popular series features noted Cazenovia College faculty members who “discuss the lives and work of important thinkers who opened doors of opportunity for the human spirit” ( The upcoming installment, presented by Dr. Michael Sanders, associate professor of philosophy, is titled “Just What Do We Owe Each Other? Peter Singer and Ethics Today.”

Peter Singer is among the most famous contemporary advocates of utilitarian philosophy, the idea that we should ultimately do what produces the most happiness for the greatest number. He is also one of the more controversial philosophers living today. A staunch critic of modern, consumer culture, Singer consistently questions society’s fixation on materialistic success and its, at times, disastrous effects on people, animals and the environment. In his recent works, he has called on people to rethink their obligations to others and has stressed the moral necessity—especially of those in developed nations—of taking concrete steps to reduce suffering in the world when we can.

The Great Mind/Great Ideas Library Lecture Series is made possible through the generous support of Pat Stacy Healey, Class of 1962, and Helen Stacy. For more information, visit

Library to host Erie Canal story-telling event April 11

The Cazenovia Public Library will host a presentation titled “Tales from the Dry Docks: Mules, Boats & Blacksmiths” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 11, in the Community Room.

Mike Allen, resident blacksmith and interpreter at the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum, will share fascinating stories about Chittenango Landing, the Erie Canal and the people and animals that made it work.

The Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum is located within the Old Erie Canal State Historic Park. The dry dock at Chittenango Landing was built in 1855. There, craftsmen constructed and repaired the 96-foot long cargo boats that transported grain, lumber, coal and produce from western to eastern markets. The museum explores the construction of these canal boats and the workings of the restored dry docks, as well as some of the social history of the canal era.

Bumblebee film April 12

The Cazenovia Public Library will present the science fiction action film Bumblebee (2018) at 3:15 and 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 12, in the Community Room. The film centers on the Transformers character of the same name. It is the sixth installment of the live-action Transformers film series.

On the run in 1987, Bumblebee seeks refuge in a junkyard in a small California beach town. Charlie, a teenager trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. When Charlie revives him, she realizes he is no ordinary yellow VW bug.

The film is rated PG-13 and runs 114 minutes. Free popcorn provided. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Mother Goose Tea April 13

Preschoolers and their families are invited to the Cazenovia Public Library for a Mother Goose Tea celebrating the stories and rhymes we all know and love. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 13 in the Community Room. The program will feature stories, refreshments, activities and a visit from Cazenovia College’s miniature horses.

Young Naturalists program series continues April 15

The Cazenovia Public Library will partner with the Izaak Walton League to present the Young Naturalists program series for children ages seven and older. The engaging, hands-on programs are designed to get young people interested in science and connected to conservation and outdoor recreation. The next program—titled “Got Dirt? The Hidden Life of Insects in Soil”—will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, April 15, in the Community Room.

The program will explore the ways in which the critters in the soil help the Earth. Participants will make worm and dirt pudding and head outside to dig around for insects. Children are encouraged to dress for the weather and to get dirty. Registration is requested. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Cazenovia Public Library.

The Izaak Walton League was founded in 1922 by 54 avid anglers dedicated to conserving outdoor America for future generations. The environmental organization is named after Izaak Walton, the 17th century author of The Compleat Angler—a classic book about the art and spirit of fishing. The League is one of the first conservation organizations to set forth an aggressive course of action to defend wild America by changing public policy.

Young Naturalists and NYS Parks will partner to present an Earth Day event on April 22 at Clark Reservation State Park, 6105 E Seneca Turnpike, Jamesville. Young Naturalist participants from all libraries are invited to attend. Participants will complete a birdcall craft before heading out on a hike to learn all about the park’s birds. Please bring binoculars, if available. To register, email

Cornell Cooperative Extension presents “Ticks: Avoiding the Bite” April 16

Are you worried about ticks? Would you like to learn more about the pests, bite prevention and tick removal? Please join Ag Subject Educator Tess Southern at the Cazenovia Public Library for a presentation by Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Madison County, with information from NYS Integrated Pest Management and Cornell University. “Ticks: Avoiding the Bite” will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16, in the Community Room.

The presentation will cover the different types of ticks, where you can pick them up and common misinformation.

Register for this program at or by contacting CCE of Madison County. Questions may be directed to Tess Southern at (315) 684-3001 ext 101.

A Dog’s Way Home to be screened April 19

The Cazenovia Public Library will present the 2019 family adventure film A Dog’s Way Home at 1 and 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 19, in the Community Room.

When a dog becomes separated from her beloved owner, she embarks on an epic 400-mile journey through the Colorado wilderness to find him. Along the way, the dog touches the lives of an orphaned mountain lion, a down-on-his-luck veteran and some friendly strangers. The film is rated PG and runs 96 minutes. Free popcorn provided. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the library.

Waste reduction workshop April 20

The Cazenovia Public Library will host a Waste Reduction workshop 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 20, in the Community Room. Presenter Laura Markley will discuss the impacts of plastic pollution and everyday waste reduction strategies. Her lecture is titled “Waste Not: A Deep Dive into Waste Reduction, First Steps and the Science Behind it.”

Markley is a second year PhD student at Syracuse University in the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. She is studying the impacts of plastic on human and environmental health. Markley is the founder and operator of Waste-Free PhD, a website tackling scientific misinformation and providing tips on minimal waste living (

During her presentation, Markley will discuss the ways in which plastic pollution and waste can impact public health and the health of the oceans and other natural ecosystems. She will also explore ways in which we can all better utilize our resources, save money and slowly minimize our waste. According to Markley, making a change can start at home and within our communities. Small changes can influence not only the people around us, but also the businesses that want to thrive in the sustainable economy of the future.

Spring break Explorer Days April 17, 18 and 19

Looking for kid-friendly activities over the school break? Head to the Cazenovia Public Library for three fun and educational “Explorer Day” events. Registration is requested. Call or stop by the Library to reserve a spot. These programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Library. All events at the Cazenovia Public Library are free and open to the public. For more information, call 315-655-9322 or visit

  • “Fashion Takes Flight” workshop: 1:30 to 3 p.m. April 17. Museum Educators Pat Hill and Julie Shotzberger invite children ages 6-11 to the Library Museum for a special workshop based on the Library’s “Fashion Takes Flight” exhibit. The program will explore the popularity of feathers in 19th century fashion. This trend led hat makers around the world to produce large, extravagant hats featuring not only feathers, but also entire birds, nests and eggs. The phenomenon resulted in the devastation of several bird species and changed the lives of tenement workers responsible for creating feather accessories. Participants will learn how these over-the-top fashions led to the formation of the Audubon society and the enactment of laws to protect bird populations. During the workshop, children will have the chance to create a Victorian-inspired, feather-adorned hat, a paper birdcage and a snowy egret feather collage.
  • “Know Your Fish” at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 18. James Everard, an aquatic biologist for New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, will lead an exploration into the fish of NYS. He will teach participants how to identify local species of fish and discuss the different senses that fish use to survive and find food. The presentation will feature hands-on crafts and learning activities. Meet in the Community Room.
  • Everson Museum program: “The Art of the Tile” at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 19. Children ages 8-14 will learn about the history of ceramic tiles and have the opportunity to create their own tiles out of dry clay and to paint the surface with a glitzy paint called Jazz Gloss. The program is inspired by the Everson Museum’s past exhibit “The Art of the Tile.” Ceramic tiles are one of the world’s oldest decorative forms, dating back to at least the fourth millennium BCE. Over the centuries, tiles have served both an ornamental and functional purpose, covering interior and exterior building surfaces as well as tabletops and other pieces of furniture with abstract designs, geometric patterns and pictorial scenes ranging from simple to elaborate. Their diversity and relative affordability led them to become popular collectibles in the twentieth century. “The Art of the Tile” explores the tiles in the Everson’s international ceramics collection, most of which are American works made during the last two centuries. Meet in the Community Room.

All events at the Cazenovia Public Library are free and open to the public. For more information, call 315.655.9322 or visit

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